A photographers dream – Herefordshire Black & White Villages.

Over the years north Herefordshire has maintained so much of its rich history and none more so than the picturesque villages that have preserved their chocolate box appeal and black and white charm in abundance.

North Herefordshire’s unique 40 mile round trail of beautiful black and white villages oozes charm and history. Perfect to drive, cycle or even walk. With attractive streams and rivers, picture-book settlements, curious buildings, superb tearooms, pubs, restaurants, galleries and scenic views. The villages are as special today as when they first evolved. The beautiful black and white trail is one of our favourite things to do in Herefordshire. With a wonderful variety of characterful bed & breakfasts or holiday cottages dotted along the way, why not make a weekend of it.

There is a route of some 40 miles that takes a beautiful tour through these picture-book settlements and it’s perfect to travel by car or bike. Beginning in Leominster, the villages include Dilwyn, Weobley (pronounced Webbly), Sarnesfield, Kinnersely, Eardisley and Eardisland (both with a silent i), Kington, Lyonshall and Pembridge. Of course you will have spotted a couple of our market towns within that list, but generally the villages are well-served themselves with a shop, ever-popular tearoom and of course always at least one pub, often more.

Learn more about the villages here.

Bursting with colour in summer and atmospherically festive in winter, you’ll always find a tearoom, sometimes a gallery, such as Old Chapel Gallery in Pembridge and usually a pretty stream or river with a bench beside; and ideal stop-off for walkers and those looking for some locally made refreshment or an artisan creation. A bucket of rural bed and breakfasts can also be found sometimes in the quaint buildings and always in the surrounding and equally pretty farmhouses; why not stay overnight en route, at Lowe Farm B&B, Luntley Court Farm Cottages, Lakes Edge Mellington House or Mistletoe Cottage.  Or For a glorious day out, take a picnic, sit on the river banks that will often flow through or dine at one of the hidden restaurants like The Riverside at Aymestrey.

The only thing monochrome about these villages is their paint work.

Download our Black & White Village Trail.